Galveston beach visitors navigate influx of seaweed


by Alice Barr / KHOU 11 News

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

HOUSTON—The sand, the surf, and the seaweed, they’re all part of the Memorial Day experience on Galveston Island.

“It’s OK, it doesn’t bother us at all,” said Galveston Beachgoer Victoria Montoya.

Beachgoer Linda Kinney disagreed.

“The beach is kind of disgusting today. There’s seaweed everywhere,” she said.

As fast as it rolls in, Frank Maceo was trying to rake it away.

“It’s pride of ownership, pride of ownership,” said Maceo. “My family owns this beach. We’ve owned it since the 50s.”

He knows this is a big weekend for Galveston businesses.

“It’s the hotels across the street, the stores, the restaurants,” he said.

So hearing the brown stuff could drive some people away makes Maceo want to grab a rake.

Still he, and the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau, will tell you the same thing: the seaweed is all natural, and helps protect and maintain the sand.

“It looks bad, it smells bad, but it’s a necessity out here, and I think all the ‘BOI’s’ in Galveston, the ‘Born-on-Islands,’ would say the exact same thing,” said Maceo. “They’ll also tell you they love the smell.”

Most of the families were finding a way to look past it.

“It looks pretty, because all the waves are coming up,” said 13-year-old Nadia Ayala.

They’re putting a few extra weeds on their fishing line in context this Memorial Day.

“Taking some time to remember the people that gave up their lives so we could have a day, to think about them,” said Kinney.

Reminding us a little seaweed is a very small price to pay.